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Dress for Success Memphis NEWS - a year end publication of the Memphis affiliate

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Miska Clay Bibbs Ritche Bowden Hazel Burks Melanie Burroughs Keith Dobbs Angelique Gray Nika Jackson Veronica Jackson-Ratliff Brandy Johnson Ward Porsia Lipford Rholedia Morgan Anna Mullins Jennifer Sink

Become a “Perfect 10” with the New DFS Giving Campaign Want to be a “Perfect 10”? Who doesn’t! Well, it’s easy to do and it doesn’t require a fad diet, buying expensive makeup or a new haircut. To become a “Perfect 10” all you have to do is join Dress for Success Memphis for our Annual Suit and Salad Luncheon on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn – University Memphis. Join us for the luncheon and we will guarantee that you can become a “Perfect 10” before you leave. More details to follow.

Greetings from the Board Chair The holiday season is a time to celebrate with your loved ones while reflecting upon the activities of the year. Dress for Success Memphis began 2011 with our new tagline “Going Places. Going Strong.” This tagline replaced “Suits to Self Sufficiency” because we are much more than a Suit. Whether a woman is giving a suit as a donor or receiving a suit as a client, the Suit is a life jacket that opens a world of possibilities, creates opportunities and builds relationships that will change a life. The recent census report revealed that Memphis has the highest poverty rate among large metro areas in our nation. And more specifically, the data shows us that women and children are the ones most likely to live in poverty. While these findings are heartbreaking they remind us that there’s more work to be done in our community. Dress for Success Memphis has effectively provided programming to our clients from our office located at 2730 Colony Park Drive but because of our newest partner, Walmart. We have had the opportunity to take our programs beyond our facility. We started the Going Places Network which helps women to develop skills to secure employment. Eight week sessions were held in conjunction with Agape Child and Family Services, Cocaine Alcohol Awareness Program, the Memphis Public Library at the Autumn Ridge Apartments, Capleville United Methodist Church and the Benjamin Hooks Central Library. More than 40 clients participated in these sessions and have either successfully secured employment, enrolled in G.E.D. classes, or other educational/job training programs. In the words of Joi Gordon, Dress for Success Worldwide CEO, “this is not the time to retreat” because the women in our community need the services, volunteers and donors of Dress for Success Memphis. Our new tagline has set the tone for 2011 and beyond. We are definitely committed to – “Going Places. Going Strong. “ I along with my fellow board members ask that you join us in making the commitment to – “Going Places. Going Strong.” by making a tax deductible donation and returning it in the enclosed envelope. Your investment will ensure that we continue to change the lives of women and provide programs to impact our community. Best Regards,

Miska Clay Bibbs Miska Clay Bibbs, Chair Dress for Success Memphis Board of Directors


Wal-Mart: Sponsor of the Dress for Success Going Places Network Wal-Mart launched the Going Places Network with more than fifty Dress for Success affiliates. This program is designed to help women get back into the workforce and help them rebuild their confidence to receive secure employment. It also gives them skills that will prepare them for interviews and creating resumes. Management representatives have worked with DFS to present workshop content and introduce clients to other management officials. They are committed to ensuring that the participants can gain employment within local Wal-Mart businesses. Through this sponsorship, DFS worked with three cohorts. The first cohort had fifteen participants, ten women were employed, one enrolled in a literacy program, two enrolled in a GED program and two enrolled in junior college. During the second cohort, there were fifteen participants, ten were employed, and five graduated from the program.

FedEx: Helping to Empower Dress for Success Memphis Participants for the Workforce During this economic downturn, many individuals have had to rebrand themselves for a changing workforce. Individuals with the same careers for more than ten or twenty years are learning the new wave of resume and interviewing techniques. A FedEx work group decided they wanted to share their expertise in resume writing, and behavioral interviewing strategies. They presented two workshops to the Dress for Success (DFS) Professional Women’s Group. They trained the women on techniques to help them enhance their cover letters and resumes. They also provided interviewing tips, recommendations on creating professional email addresses and voice mail messages. Each workshop participant received a manual with resources that are available to them in the Memphis community. They also received several printed copies and an electronic copy of their resume on a CD that they can use to continue to update their document. To expand this program, FedEx employees are committed to offering eight more career transition workshops to benefit even more DFS participants in 2012.

Wal-Mart worked closely with the third cohort which had twenty-eight participants, six women were employed, twenty-two participants graduated from the program. This partnership offered DFS the following benefits: sponsorship of the DFS Little Black Dress Event, redesign of the DFS inventory closet and strengthening of referral/community relationships. New partnerships include: Agape Child & Family Services, Benjamin Hooks Library, CAAPS (Cocaine, Alcohol, Addition Program, and Mobile Career Center etc.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS


FedEx Executives Host a COINS Event to Benefit Dress for Success Memphis In August, a COINS (Circle of Influence Networking Soiree)event was hosted by several FedEx Executives which benefitted Dress for Success Memphis (DFS). This networking opportunity gave several executives and employees a chance to learn more about the initiatives that the agency is providing women in the community. The diverse group of event attendees gave contributions, signed up to volunteer and made a commitment to donate suits to the DFS career clothing closet. Are you interested in throwing a C.O.I.N.S. (Circle of Influence Networking Soiree) for Dress for Success Memphis? Supporters of Dress for Success Memphis are offered the opportunity to host an event at a location of their choice (home, restaurant, church, etc). Arrangements may be made for a representative from the organization to attend, give information about our programs and services and request financial donations. These events are fun and exciting! It's a great way to help Dress for Success Memphis! For more information, contact us at (901) 363-3100 or email memphis@dressforsuccess.org.

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There is a waiting list for business suits and business attire for ladies sizes 20 and up. Dress for Success relies on the generosity of people like you who are committed helping disadvantaged women take charge of their lives. Give the gift of empowerment and make a difference for women around the world! More Donation Options There are many different ways that you can donate to Dress for Success and provide funding to support our vital career development programs for disadvantaged women around the world. Dress for Success would not be able to provide services to so many deserving women without your help. If you are unable to make a financial contribution, below are ways to

find out how you, friends, and co-workers can work together to help a woman on her journey towards selfsufficiency! Donate Suits A woman's first step for a successful interview is making a strong and powerful first impression. Play a part in helping a woman land that job and start a new career by donating a suit or other business-appropriate clothing! Donate Product The support of corporations who contribute apparel, footwear, and accessories is essential for our clients to complete their new look and enter the workforce with confidence. Make a corporate donation of product to help our women succeed on their journey!

Contact Us 2730 Colony Park Drive Memphis, TN 38118 Office 901.363.3100 memphis@dressforsuccess.org Find us on Facebook at Dress for Success Memphis


2011 Little Black Dress Event Little Black Dress Wine Tasting Sponsored by Quality Wine and Liquors Dress for Success Memphis hosted the Little Black Dress Event that previewed the high end donations available for sale at their upcoming Upscale Garage Sale. The cocktails and couture event was hosted by Lexus and Verizon featuring food from Felicia Suzanne, Sweetgrass, Chocistry, Quality Wines and Liquors, and of course, Muddy’s Bake Shop! There were also silent auction items and decadent treats and wine. Items for auction included hotel packages, a signed Tony Dungy book, and event tickets. Members of the Professional Women's Group attended the Little Black Dress Event.

2011 Upscale Garage Sale The 2011 Upscale Garage Sale featured a vintage couture section! This beautiful blue dress was one of the awesome pieces available for sale Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22 at Mpact Memphis on South Main Street during River Arts Fest! You don't want to miss the savings opportunities in 2012. Contact us to be added to our mailing list for exclusive invitations to a sneak preview. Become a Perfect 10 and enjoy other special benefits of being a Dress for Success Supporter.

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